Overhead Door Maintenance Tips
It is important that you perform maintenance on your garage doors periodically. Otherwise, you might find yourself spending more than necessary on expensive repairs or replacement of your garage door or opener. Garage doors operate several times during the day. The larger the mechanical device, the faster it deteriorates with use. It is important to do maintenance check of its parts to ensure longer service. Remember the following tips for maintaining your garage door.
For starters, you can do visual inspection: look for rust, loose bolts or screws, cable wear, bent or broken parts, and jot them down on paper. Defects, like hitches and jerks, sometimes come out when you raise and lower the door. Locate all tracks, rollers, hinges, springs and latches and apply a highly penetrating oil or a water displacement spray to protect mechanical parts. Wipe the excess oils clean then apply a thin film of general-purpose oil to lubricate the parts.
A household detergent can be used to wash off dirt from the inside and outside of the garage door. On wooden doors, resealing or repainting needs to be done to keep the finish shiny. If the weather stripping around the door is damaged, it is easy to replace it.
Although you can do some of the maintenance jobs on the garage door yourself, hiring a professional service company to do the job has its benefits as well. For a door that is operated through a torsion spring assembly, the professional service company can keep it rust free and its mechanism operating trouble free. Injury or damage can result from poorly maintained tension springs that get broken or damaged. Chain-drive operated doors need to be lubricated by professionals for a better maintenance.
But there are maintenance checks you can do every month. Your garage door is equipped with an optic sensor and a reversing mechanism that you can do simple tests to check. Test the optic sensor of your garage door by waving the end of a long handled tool between the sensors as the garage door is lowering. If your door continues to lower, then you know there’s something wrong with the optic sensor.
You can also test the reversing mechanism on your garage door. The test is done by placing a piece of wood where the bottom edge of the door will land; if the door reopens when it lands on the piece of wood, then the reverse mechanism is operating properly. If you hear unusual scraping sounds, take note of it.
Finally, test the remote controls.